Press "Enter" to skip to content

VRFA Blotter: Firefighters Treat Patient with Trypanophobia Induced Syncope


The Valley Regional Fire Authority responded to 270 calls for service for the week of January 31-February 6, 2022 (prev week 290). Year to Date our Valley Professional Firefighters have responded to a total of 1,627 calls for service. This is a 22.3% increase from 2021 (1,330).

a graphic promoting the open positions of deputy chief and admin assistant for VRFA

Calls for Service Breakdown:

220 (81%) were aid calls. Total aid calls in 2022 so far are 1,387 up 21.8%, compared to 2021’s (1,139).


38 (14%) were fire calls. The number of fire calls is up by 22%, with 2022 having 200 calls and 2021 having 164.

12 (4%) were calls categorized as other. The number of other calls is up (48.1%), with 2022 currently at 40 calls compared to 2021’s 27. Other calls include water rescues, hazmat calls, and ladder requests.

VRFA Calls for Service

  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Monday, January 31 at 9:00 a.m., firefighters responded to a reported adult male in seizure after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. An investigation by firefighters revealed the man fainted (syncope) due to a fear of needles (Trypanophobia). He declined further aid.
    (You’ll thank me later for that headline when it comes in handy at trivia night.)
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Tuesday, February 1 at 6:36 p.m., firefighters responded to an adult female with chest pain.  Firefighters evaluated the patient and determined pain was caused by choking.  The patient was transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center for further evaluation.
  • Vehicle Accident: (Auburn) On Wednesday, February 2 at 2:57 p.m., firefighters responded to a vehicle accident with one occupant trapped. One occupant was extricated from his vehicle. Both drivers were treated on scene by firefighters and transported to MultiCare Auburn Medical Center. 
  • Illegal Burn: (Auburn) On Wednesday, February 2nd at 11:51 p.m., firefighters responded to a brush fire at the intersection of 15th SW and the Interurban Trail. Firefighters arrived to find an unattended cooking fire had extended to nearby combustibles. Firefighters extinguished the fire.
  • Aid Call: (Auburn) On Thursday, February 3 at 6:30 p.m., firefighters and King County Paramedics responded to a report of an unconscious male that had fallen. Personnel treated the patient and a private ambulance transported him to MultiCare Auburn Hospital for further care. 
  • Rollover Accident: (Auburn) On Friday, February 4 at 7:31 a.m., firefighters responded to a single vehicle rollover accident on Highway 18 westbound. Firefighters treated one adult male for injuries and transported him to St. Francis Hospital. 
  • Car vs Pedestrian: (Auburn) On Saturday, February 5 at 2:15 p.m., firefighters responded to a report of an elderly female that had been hit by a car. Firefighters arrived to find the female patient on the ground complaining of shoulder pain. She was evaluated by firefighters and transported to a local hospital by TriMed ambulance. 
  • Structure Fire: (Auburn) On Saturday, February 5 at 10:33 a.m., firefighters responded to a ‘minor fire’ at a mobile home.  E332 arrived to find that the fire had extended to the structure.  Crews extinguished the fire, completed a search, and mechanically ventilated the structure.  The resident was treated for smoke inhalation and was sent to MultiCare Auburn by private ambulance.
  • Illegal Burn: (Pacific) On Sunday, February 6 at 3:52 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to investigate a report of an illegal burn in the parking lot of a convenience store near the Outlet Mall.  Firefighters located a small 2’x2’ fire without exposure and extinguished it.

Fire Investigations

  • On February 2 at 0:226 a vehicle fire occurred in the 900 block of 26th Pl NE in the City of Auburn.
    The car is a total loss with an estimated value of $8,000. The fire was classified as incendiary
    and remains a joint investigation with Auburn PD.
  • On February 5th, at 11:00 hours, a fire occurred in a single-family residence in the 600 block of
    37th St SE in the City of Auburn. The fire was quickly contained with no structural damage. The
    fire was classified as incendiary and remains a joint investigation with Auburn PD.


  • 4 responses
  • 18 referrals
  • 5 new enrollment
  • 2 enrollments closed
  • 45 total patients enrolled

The Community Assistance, Referrals, and Education Services (CARES) is a joint program between VRFA,  King County Emergency Medical Services division South King Fire & Rescue, Enumclaw, and Mountainview Fire and Rescue departments. Each CARES response vehicle is staffed 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. by one firefighter from each department and a social worker. The CARES unit is sent on less emergent calls in non-transport capable vehicles to provide basic patient evaluation, assistance, specific basic life support treatment on scene, and arrange for transport if medically necessary. CARES also referred patients to community services where needed.

The above information was provided by the Valley Regional Fire Authority. 


Be First to Comment

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.